richness of any long distance relay race is not in its speed or
precision style of running; its true quality can simply be found
in the quantity and variety of memories taken from just such an
experience. And while the random reader will not fully appreciate
the team-specific memories recorded below, they will be able to
benefit from the bits of advice shared beyond the memories.
"Run, dammit!". For those of you that may not be aware
that I said this, I was not aware either as I was finishing
my last leg and said this in my sleep as I handed the baton
to Lee while running him over in the transition zone. You'd
have to hear him tell the story to get how funny it was as I
apparently have no clue. I laughed until I cried when he told
Team quotes " Go Nuts!", "You look mahvelous",
"It is better to look good than to feel good" and
"Let's go nuts!"
loved running in the dark. We couldn't be psyched out by the
giant hills that we had to run, because we couldn't SEE them!
Remember how pitch dark that night was?! It was neat to have
to use your other senses. Legs feeling tired and breathing harder
and harder--going uphill. You had to remember to lean into it
and pump your arms. Then, the feeling of reaching the peak--legs
recovered a bit, breathing came easier. Then the downhill, and
who knew how long that would be? Shorten your stride, coast
a bit, catch your breath, enjoy it while it lasts and prepare
to FEEL and attack the next hill when you came upon it. Many
on my team ran much faster during those "hard" legs
than we ever would have if it were daylight. It was so cool
to realize that we could accomplish more than we thought. You
always hear that phrase, and it always seem to apply to others,
but for many of us it became a reality that we actually experienced
ourselves!! So very cool.
asked Bill Reinarts what he wanted during his leg," I want
water, gatorade, I want you to tell me I look wonderful...."
silly horns were the best!! We saved our voices yet made our
point. Who would have thought they'd work out so well?!
each of her legs, Dawn would give the truckers the "honk
your horn signal" --that was fun. I bet she got at least
one honk from every truck, if not two!
The STANK in the vans. Did a squirrel die under Bill's hood?
Is it the catalytic converter? Check the oil. Fill the tire.
What could it be? What will we do if the van dies?
I think one of my best memories of this event will be how we
all kept stumbling out of our vans as if on autopilot, to cheer
on our teammates. Just the whole symbolism of it all was so
inspiring to me. How could we not get out when they were out
there running for the team as well as for whatever their "cause"
was--whatever or whomever they were lifting up their leg for.
How could we rest when they were working so hard in the dark,
the rain, the hot sun, the shady horrible humidity... I guess
we will each take away our own interpretations of what transpired,
but that is what I saw, and what I loved, and that is why I
will be so happy when I see you sometime again, you selfless,
1's "Check engine" light that we didn't have the heart
to tell Bill before he ran his next leg. After his leg, we told
him and he simply responded, "It's been that way for a
favorite quote "Schmidtknecht for sheriff." I know
I will keep hearing that forever.
NUTS!" I just love that, I laugh thinking of it...it kind
of says it all (I'm easy to entertain.)
was the unscented vs. fragrance free conversation in Van 1.
How can "unscented" still mean it has a scent?! -
Check out Look
What I Found In My Brain!
Liz loved it when she told her Van 1 peeps about a guy who passed
her and completely ignored her as he passed even when she said
"good job" to him and they said to Liz, "Oh,
you mean CP (crabby pants)?" They had named him that well
before Liz ever said any thing to them. It cracked her up!
stopped for ice cream and smoke." I am not sure if it was
Kari, Katie or Dawn that said this, but it cracked me up! We
stopped at a little ice cream shop and the woman who was working
was very interested in what we were doing, and as we told her
we were running 207 miles, she lit up a cigarette.
van incident of "I don't think you belong in here"
van incident of reaching over some dude sleeping to get his
camera thinking he was digging in our van....but wasn't
almost accidentally shoplifting a juice and as the cashier ran
out after him "Uh, are you going to pay for that?"
sleepy comment of "That is what the body does when it wakes
answer when we asked her while she was running if she needed
anything was to yell out "Chipotle!" and laugh her
night time questions to random runners we couldn't identify
in the dark "Are you a Nut?"
infamous "That was Dennis, wasn't it?" when she handed
a person she thought was Dennis water in the middle of the night
- it was indeed Dennis
"I stepped on a dead raccoon" after her night leg
"I ate too many Tootsie Rolls."
"Give me water every 50 feet, tell me I look good and that
I am a wonderful person" (both are true by the way)
whisper from Dawn in Prescott "I forgot my number"
and Heat my 2 favorite things" said so believably by Bill
Reinfeld as he was running in some hot ass weather and running
up a hill that Lee came back and told us that Bill truly loved
running hills in the heat
have you actually seen that movie?" said to Liz when she
was asking Kari if she had seen "Best in Show" shortly
after she had talked about the Blair Witch Project...which she
has never seen.
saying in a cheerful voice and a grin on her face "I'm
driving now so I get to decide where we stop."
sitting in the back seat of the van listening to her i-pod with
a cloth over her nose "It stinks in here! ....but I'm too
tired to get out of the van."
did that guy take a picture of Dawn?" Said by me when I
saw some random guy on a street in Prescott take a picture of
Dawn as she ran by in the middle of the night/morning...turns
out she knew him.
as she is trying to pry Lee's water out of his hands in the
middle of the night.... "Do you want some peanut butter?"
Also her repeated "I can't believe how big those lily pads
are. Those lily pads are huge!" Others finally looked and
they were HUGE and it was one of the first moments we slowed
down enough to notice the beautiful scenery.
our name alone lead to so many great sayings "Where are
our nuts" "Are all our nuts in the van" "Is
that a nut on the road?"
and Katie's constant "I'm fine" everytime I asked
them if they needed anything during their runs
have only known her for like 24 hours and I just handed her
my wallet and asked her to pay for the gas." Liz's comment,
mostly to herself, on how obviously comfortable she was with
Dawn having all her credit cards and a couple hundred $$ in
Hearing from Lynn over the phone that Daren was flying on his
leg to end in stillwater...was it "running like a bat out
wasn't a bad nut amongst us" - Daren, ain't it the truth!
is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what
you do. Attitude determines how well you do it." - Lou
our Nuts have attitude!
cleanses from the inside. It comes from places a shower will
never reach." - George Sheehan (That one is for Sue! )
giving us a little air guitar after making a difficult climb
on her way to Hastings
grinding out the hot, hilly miles and making the extra effort
to make sure the bracelet was securely wrapped on my arm at
Bill passing runners on the hills of his first leg
running like a man possessed
Katie with stomach problems at the beginning of her leg and
smiling broadly at the end
– “I could be your mother!” This was said
to a group of college kids at an exchange.
– “You were the last person on our team to be passed.”
Told to me as we were waiting for Daren to come off a trail.
– “I know what I have to do.” He said this
at the exchange point just before Stillwater and proceeded to
sprint up the hill to catch the Minnesota Red runner in front
Bill – Just let it go
– “Bite me… Bite me… Bite me…”
This is in response to some folks giving him a hard time on
his last leg and telling him to run as fast as the van that
was pacing him.
- “You were choking on a bug you swallowed” This
was in reference to my dry heaves at the end of my first leg.
guy on the porch – “I’ve seen a lot more than
2” His response to me when I asked if he had seen 2 runners
go by. I thought I was lost.
bears, snakes and other creatures requiring the big flashlight.
one mile to go maker that was two miles from the exchange point.
exchange point with no one mile to go marker
on the track.
coffee in the cave.
how many stickers were on Dennis’s shoes.
three turkeys in the bar
to get in the wrong van
flagging me to turn here.
howling sled dogs
Seeing the pelicans flying at dusk... or was it dawn?
forward to seeing the next van
and heat – it just doesn’t get any better that this.
at those huge lily pads"
can't tell if I smell anymore"
you let me out please (from the back of the van)"
anyone need to go upstairs (the storage on top of the van was
called the upstairs in Van 1)"
I squirt CP? (crabby pants)?"
few moments that stand out in my mind are when someone, I think
Liz, smacked my leg, I believe we were in the car, to hit a
fly or gnat or something and I was so comatosed, my only reaction
was "Thanks". (Dawn)
there's the time that I ran out to pick up Lee's water during
his night run. I could never see him very well but I knew if
I reached my hands out I could feel the bottle and grab it.
Only this time he didn't want to give it up. He was keeping
this one on his run. So I then offered him the jar of peanut
butter that I had in my hands. Why did I still have the jar
of peanut butter in my hands? (Dawn)
Bill's "Tell me I look good and I'm doing fine and give
me water every 50 feet".
"I talked to the cows, and they talked back" after
the long, grueling, and hot Leg #32.
"I need your whistles - I wore all of our's out"
"Warm up? That's miles one and two!"
Bill's "I had a great sleep on the track...until the runners
for Sheriff !!"
"Do you do that often?" after my sleep deprived, run
fatigued, road weary, and cell phone chatting self walked out
of the gas station without paying for an orange juice, and getting
reprimanded by the clerk.
pace is so smooth, and fast!" from everyone of us in van
2 everytime Not-as-tall Bill was running.
a mad man running in the streets, And he’s humming a tune,
And he’s snarling at dogs, And he still has four more
miles to go."
NUTS RELAY ADVICE
of all, remember it is a "relay" first and a "race"
second. Enjoy the journey and don't exhaust yourself trying
to set a blistering pace in your early legs.
on efficiency when it comes to packing the vans for a long
distance relay event such as the Great River Relay.
the relay, if you notice that your left foot/ankle is hurting,
it is most likely because you are running on the uneven surfaces
near te edge of the left side of the road (required running
into traffic). Be sure to take notice of this and ice that foot/ankle,
while stretching it out. Try to run away from the edge of the
road, if possible, without putting yourself at risk with oncoming